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Curr Opin Urol. 2007 Nov;17(6):424-30.

Pathologic effects of testosterone deprivation.

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  • 1Department of Urology, Columbia University, New York, NY 10028, USA.

Abstract

PURPOSE OF REVIEW:

Androgen deprivation therapy remains the cornerstone of treatment for advanced prostate cancer. There are significant adverse effects associated with prolonged androgen deprivation therapy, with recent findings associating it with the metabolic syndrome and its associated health risks.

RECENT FINDINGS:

A review of the adverse pathologic effects of testosterone deprivation is performed. Recent findings associate androgen deprivation therapy with endocrine and metabolic disarray, specifically the metabolic syndrome, resulting in increased rates of diabetes and myocardial infarction in patients on testosterone deprivation.

SUMMARY:

The increased incidence of the metabolic syndrome in patients receiving androgen deprivation therapy and the associated morbidity and possibly mortality require significant investigation into alternatives to complete testosterone deprivation and ways to counteract these adverse effects.

PMID:
17921778
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